I've noticed a disturbing trend in criminal defense lately - if a criminal has children, they're using the children as a reason why the criminal should be released from custody. And get a lighter sentence. Now, it seems to me that once upon a time, it was opposite. If you were a criminal, you got your children taken away from you, so you could no longer influence them with your bad behavior.
One would think that having children would be a very good reason to not commit crimes. One would further think that, even if you weren't concerned how your criminal activities would influence your children, you would care that committing crimes might get your children taken away.
Why does the opposite seem to be happening?
This post actually came about because a woman who was pulled over on suspicion of shoplifting tried to escape by dragging the officer down the road with her car. And her defense attorney put forth the idea that because she has 4 children, she should be let off. :blinkblink:
Makes absolutely no sense. Feel sorry for the kids without their mom because she did something to get herself locked up? More like feel sorry for kids with a mom like that. She obviously doesn't give a rat's ass about her kids or she wouldn't be risking her freedom - freedom she needs so she can be with those kids. She doesn't care about raising her children to be upstanding members of society. She only cares about what she can get without having to pay for it.
And before anyone suggests that maybe she was shoplifting to provide for her children, her car looked pretty nice and she seemed to be able to pay for an attorney to represent her because when she finally turned herself in, she had an attorney with her. Not a public defender, who would've been assigned after her arrest. If she couldn't afford clothes, how is she affording an attorney?
Oh, and her rap sheet was already littered with other crimes. Not an upstanding, mother of the year type. With a role model like that, those four kids will be joining her behind bars eventually. I know the foster care system has problems, but at least there, they might have a chance.
Of course, I'm the horrible one for suggesting that perhaps her children would be better served away from her.
Sometimes I wonder who the hell is running our criminal justice system when the defense for a woman like this is to trot her kids out and say she needs to be with them so let her free.